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Uniqueness and overlap: Characteristics and longitudinal correlates of native Chinese children's writing in english as a foreign language
Zhang,Juan1; McBride-Chang,Catherine2; Wagner,Richard K.3; Chan,Shingfong2
2014-04-01
Source PublicationBilingualism
ISSN1366-7289
Volume17Issue:2Pages:347-363
Abstract

Longitudinal predictors of writing composition in Chinese and English written by the same 153 Hong Kong nine-year-old children were tested, and their production errors within the English essays across ten categories, focusing on punctuation, spelling, and grammar, were compared to errors made by ninety American nine-year-olds writing on the same topic. The correlation between quality of the compositions in Chinese and English was.53. In stepwise regression analyses examining early predictors at ages between five and nine years, tasks of speed or fluency were consistently uniquely associated with Chinese writing composition; measures of English vocabulary knowledge, word reading, or both were consistently uniquely associated with English writing quality. Compared to the American children, Chinese children's writing reflected significantly higher proportions of errors in all grammatical categories but did not differ in punctuation or spelling. Findings underscore both similarities and differences in writing at different levels across languages.

KeywordLanguage Production Errors Language Transfer Longitudinal Predictors Second Language Writing Writing Quality
DOI10.1017/S1366728913000163
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaLinguistics ; Psychology
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Psychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000337729600006
PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
Scopus ID2-s2.0-84902196604
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorMcBride-Chang,Catherine
Affiliation1.University of Macau, Macao
2.Department of Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sino Building, Shatin, Hong Kong
3.Florida State University, United States
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Zhang,Juan,McBride-Chang,Catherine,Wagner,Richard K.,et al. Uniqueness and overlap: Characteristics and longitudinal correlates of native Chinese children's writing in english as a foreign language[J]. Bilingualism,2014,17(2):347-363.
APA Zhang,Juan,McBride-Chang,Catherine,Wagner,Richard K.,&Chan,Shingfong.(2014).Uniqueness and overlap: Characteristics and longitudinal correlates of native Chinese children's writing in english as a foreign language.Bilingualism,17(2),347-363.
MLA Zhang,Juan,et al."Uniqueness and overlap: Characteristics and longitudinal correlates of native Chinese children's writing in english as a foreign language".Bilingualism 17.2(2014):347-363.
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